August 16, 2011 Subject:
Excellent historical value for student of WWII
This gem is a silent film with explanatory titles. It gives an excellent view of Ranger training during the early days of WWII. The fact that there is no sound is more than made up by the fact that it is in color. It was directed by Lt. Col. Francois D'Eliscu, who wrote a manual on hand to hand combat, as well as military fitness. I suspect he is also the hand to hand instructor in the movie, but have not been able to confirm this.
One thing this movie proves is that Ranger training has always been tough, but safety during training has improved considerably!